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Supporters of UND's former Fighting Sioux nickname have begun a social media campaign to revive the name. A video titled "The Sioux Were Silenced" was posted to YouTube Monday, starring Eunice and David Davidson, two avid and vocal supporters of the old name which was retired in late 2012 after a long legal battle involving the NCAA, lawmakers, university donors and the State Board of Higher Education. "We believe there was an agenda by certain leaders in the state to rid the University of North Dakota of the Fighting Sioux name and make sure the Sioux people receive the blame," David Davids
The UND Nickname Committee approved using a point system to score attributes and functionality of possible nickname suggestions. The university is in the process of gathering nickname suggestions from the public throughout the month of April to find a permanent nickname after UND's Fighting Sioux name was retired in late 2012. Kelly O'Keefe, a branding expert the committee is working with, said he did not have a count of how many names have been submitted so far but expected the committee to have at least "a few hundred" unique nickname ideas to further narrow down, as President Robert Kelle
Three candidates for the next chancellor of the North Dakota University System have agreed to move forward and one has withdrawn. Paul Turman, Mark Hagerott, and Robert Donley have all agreed to progress in the search process while Michael Thomas officially withdrew his name from the search, thanking the State Board of Higher Education for being considered. Turman is the system vice president for academic affairs with the South Dakota Board of Regents, Hagerott is a deputy director and distinguished professor in the Naval Academy Center for Cyber Security Studies and Donley is CEO of the St
Matt Kopp and Taylor Nelson have been elected UND’s student body leaders for the coming school year. The duo’s campaign focused on campus safety, affordable tuition, communication and “holding the...
Some UND students aren't happy with the current state of the Chester Fritz Library. A February Student Government survey from the meeting minutes of its March 1 meeting found that of 753 survey respondents, 35 percent said they had never visited the Chester Fritz Library. The second highest percentage—23—visited once a week, followed by 20 percent who visited once a month.
UND students are receiving the second-best valued education available in the state according to one group. The findings, from financial technology company SmartAsset, were based on scholarship and grant data, starting salary for students, in-state tuition, cost of living and retention. Using these 2013 and 2014 numbers from the National Center for Educational Statistics, College InSight and Payscale.com and applying them to a weighted system ranking schools up to 100, SmartAsset gave UND a value of 61.20 and North Dakota State University a value of 74.36. Other Midwestern institutions recei
Northland Community and Technical College students are going to have a new place to call home. The college, which has its main campus in East Grand Forks, is partnering with UND to provide more housing for its students who attend the satellite campus in Thief River Falls. President Anne Temte said the school is working to find a developer to build student housing there but because it won't be ready in time for the coming school year, they reached out to UND for help. "In Thief River Falls with the business growth it's been almost impossible for our students to find housing," she said. Neit
Classical music floated through the warm fragrant air at the All Seasons Garden Center Sunday afternoon. The green house served as the venue for the Music in Bloom Garden Party...
Even though thousands usually attend UND's annual Wacipi—which takes place Friday through Sunday—American Indian Student Services Student Recruiter BJ Rainbow still wants more to come out and experience the powwow. The event will feature American Indian dancers and drummers and is held in conjunction with Time Out Week, a campuswide initiative to educate the community about Indian culture, song and dance. "I always tell people it's the most if not one of the most colorful things a human being can see," Rainbow said. But at this time last year, these events were overshadowed by a
A dog perished in an apartment fire that caused $25,000 in damage Saturday afternoon. Emergency services responded to the fire at 1116 19th Ave. S., near Grand Cities Mall, evacuated...